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“Hello, World!”: Snapdragon X50 5G modem makes its first 5G data connection [video]

Oct 16, 2017

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Qualcomm Technologies is making significant strides toward commercial availability of 5G in mobile devices and networks. And today, at our 2017 Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit, Executive Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Cristiano Amon talked about just how far we’ve come, with the news that we have achieved the first-announced successful demonstration of a 5G data connection on a single-chip 5G modem — the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

Snapdragon X50 5G modem chip (left); 28GHz mmWave antenna module (right)

Not only were we able to establish a 5G connection with greater than gigabit per second download speeds using multiple 5G carriers, we were also able to establish an over-the-air connection using our tiny 28 GHz mmWave antenna module.

In addition to the first data connection on Snapdragon X50, we’re also previewing our first mmWave 5G smartphone reference design, designed to allow us to test and optimize 5G mmWave performance within the constraints of a mobile form factor.

The next generation of cellular technology will open the doors for unprecedented levels of speed and responsiveness. On a larger scale, 5G will also support massive IoT and mission-critical services. The Snapdragon X50 5G modem is just the start, and we can’t wait to show you what’s next.

Learn more about the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and our 5G efforts.

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